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Shepherd’s Bush Market refurbishment to go ahead

Words: Laura Edgar
Shepherd's Bush Market

Ministers have approved a £150 million regeneration project for Shepherd’s Bush Market.

The proposed 1.9 hectare development will incorporate a substantial refresh of the existing market, a new public square, refurbishment of the Bush Theatre and railway arches, and a 200-plus home housing development.

The Orion Shepherd's Bush Ltd regeneration scheme was given outline planning consent by Hammersmith and Fulham Council in 2012, but has been the subject of an inquiry and has finally only been enabled by ministerial backing of a compulsory purchase order (CPO) submitted by the council in 2013. The CPO is necessary to complete the acquisition of the market site, currently owned by Transport for London, and a parade of shops on Goldhawk Road.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles' decision to back the CPO goes against the recommendation of a planning inspector who felt the proposed scheme would neither guarantee sufficient opportunities for existing traders nor reinforce the ethnic diversity and level of independent retailing that characterise the area. 

In his decision letter, Pickles stressed that the order would only be granted if there was a "compelling case in the public interest”. He decided that the redevelopment would “significantly contribute to the achievement of the promotion or improvement of the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the area".

Shepherd's Bush Market has declined in size since the 1980s as visitor numbers have fallen. In 2008, a council survey concluded that £2.3 million worth of work was needed to bring the 98-year-old market back up to its previous standard.


Planning minister Brandon Lewis said: “Shepherd’s Bush Market has been part of West London’s street life for almost 100 years – we want to ensure this landmark feature survives for 100 more.

“It has the potential to bring substantial economic, retail and social benefits to the area with a regeneration scheme safeguarding the distinctive identity of this iconic market.

“This market is held in great affection by the local community. Regeneration will enable it to continue to provide a diverse range of stalls to meet their needs as well as improving the appeal for new visitors and shoppers alike.”

Plans have been outlined by the council and the developer for the temporary relocation of stall holders and shopkeepers while the project takes place.

Image courtesy of Hammersmith and Fulham Council.